MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said a proposal to create a specific department for overseas Filipino workers will need the approval of Congress.
Duterte issued the statement in his talk with the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia during his two-day state visit.
He said a department for migrant Filipino workers is in the pipeline, but jurisdiction on its creation lies with Congress and not with the executive department.
Duterte said the proposed department will be separated from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The House of Representatives earlier consolidated six bills proposing the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW).
The six proposals to establish a DOFW, defining its powers and functions are: House Bill 227 authored by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson; House Bill 288 by 1-PACMAN Party-list Representative Michael Romero; House Bill 543 by Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Rose Marie "Baby" Arenas; House Bill 822 by Bohol 3rd District Representative Arthur Yap ; House Bill 1936 by Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar and House Bill 2334 by Tarlac 1st District Representative Carlos Cojuangco.